Tax Commission News Release
Half a million taxpayers may be able to e-file for free
BOISE, IDAHO — Jan. 31, 2017 — Taxpayers who want to file both their federal and state income tax returns online for free should visit the Idaho State Tax Commission website at tax.idaho.gov and click on the “Free individual income tax e-file” link (under the “Quick Picks” section).
The Tax Commission’s free e-file page links to companies that offer free electronic filing for selected groups of taxpayers. If taxpayers don’t use these links, they may be asked to pay for e-filing a state return when they e-file a federal return at no cost.
“Last year more than 500,000 Idaho taxpayers most likely qualified to e-file for free,” said Renee Eymann, public information officer for the Tax Commission. “But only about 12,000 of them took advantage of the free-file option. We want to make more people aware of this service to help them save money,” she added.
The companies listed on the website offer different levels of service, so taxpayers should look carefully at each provider to see which free filing offers they qualify for. Those who choose to e-file must use the same provider to file both their federal and state returns.
Electronic filing is a fast, easy way to file taxes and allows taxpayers to get a quicker refund than if they file by paper. It produces virtually error-free returns because the program does the math for filers. The Tax Commission partnered with the IRS and software developers to provide the free electronic filing service.
Taxpayers should note that the free income tax e-file option isn’t offered through the Tax Commission’s Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) system. TAP only provides e-filing for permit-based returns. For more information, taxpayers can call the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.
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